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Rabid skunk found in Smith County


Released by the George T. Roberts, Jr. with the Northeast Texas Public Health District:

VAN, TX - A rabid skunk has been reported in Smith County.  On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, the Texas Department of State Health Service advised Northeast Texas Public Health District that a skunk submitted for analysis tested positive for rabies.  The skunk was in the 18000 block of CR 447, Van TX.  The known individuals with possible exposure have been identified and addressed. 

This is the second (2nd) laboratory confirmed case of rabies in Smith County. This makes the first rabid skunk found in Smith County this year along with the rabid dog reported earlier this date.

Smith County Rabies Control Authority advises all citizens to confirm that their dogs and cats are currently vaccinated for rabies.  Citizens are advised not to handle bats, skunks, raccoons, or other wild animals.  It is important for children to tell their parents of any contact with wild animals or any sick animals.

Anyone who knows of a person being bitten by an animal must report the bite incident to the Smith County Rabies Control Authority for proper investigation.

City of Tyler Ordinance and Smith County Ordinance require annual rabies vaccinations for all dogs and cats between the third and fourth month of age with an annual vaccination each year on the anniversary.   Preventive immunization for rabies is the only effective defense against this always fatal disease.

Anyone with questions on rabies control may contact City of Tyler Animal Control at 903-535-0037.

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